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Fast and Agile Pershing 76 Motor Yacht FREE SPIRIT at full speed

November 26, 2015

Pershing 76 motor yacht FREE SPIRIT is a fast and agile 76-foot vessel, launched from Pershing Yachts, part of the Ferretti Group, in 2004. Luxury yacht FREE SPIRIT was spotted by ‘ZipZapPower’ in the video below, while leaving Florida’s Fort Lauderdale and running into the Atlantic Ocean.

Pershing 76 FREE SPIRIT yacht can be characterized by a thrilling speed and excellent performance, as well as luxury accommodation and state of the art technology. She can comfortably sleep up to 8 guests in 4 well appointed cabins.

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Super-fast Lazzara sport yacht LSX 75 running into Fort Lauderdale, Florida

November 26, 2015

The super-fast Lazzara sport yacht LSX 75 was captured by ‘ZipZapPower’ in the video below, while running into Fort Lauderdale, nestled in the lovely Florida yacht vacation location. Lazzara LSX 75 yacht can easily achieve a thrilling top speed of 30 knots and a cruising speed of 22 knots.

The 23-metre Lazzara LSX 75 yacht (example is the 2007-launched charter yacht CARPE DIEM) offers lovely and comfortable accommodation to up to 8 guests across 4 beautiful cabins.

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Video: Azimut Yachts at Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show 2015

November 25, 2015

Take a look at the beautiful Azimut yachts, provided by MarineMax and showcased at this month’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) in the video below, made by Whirlybird Entertainment. The prestigious 2015 Florida event hosted such lovely Azimut vessels as Azimut 77s yacht, Magellano 76, and Azimut 80 Fly superyacht, to name but a few.

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Luxury Charter Yacht COCKTAILS by Trinity Yachts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

November 24, 2015

Luxury charter yacht COCKTAILS by Trinity Yachts was captured by ‘ZipZapPower’ underway in the lovely Fort Lauderdale yacht holiday location, nestled in Florida. One of the many luxury vessels on display during the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, the 157′ superyacht COCKTAILS was originally launched in 2004, and beautifully refitted in 2012. A fabulous entertaining yacht inside and out, she cruises in the Mediterranean in summer and the Caribbean in winter.

Created by Howard Designs, the beautiful interiors of luxury motor yacht COCKTAILS are traditional in styling, boasting great use of natural timbers, meticulously balanced with fine marbles, glass and bespoke art throughout. The accommodation layout consists of 5 luxuriously appointed cabins for up to 10/11 charter guests, all with their own en-suites. The gorgeous owner’s suite is fitted with a private office and a lovely en-suite bathroom with dual entries from the bedroom and office area. Moreover, there is a large Spa Pool tub, his and hers area, as well as an expansive closet and dresser space.

Yacht COCKTAILS -   Main

Yacht COCKTAILS - Main

Offering a great amount of exterior living, luxury yacht COCKTAILS hosts a shaded deck space, with outdoor lounge seating, cocktail tables and wet bar on the main deck, while on the upper deck, adjacent to the sky lounge, there is the aft bridge deck, providing an al-fresco dining option, ample seating and shade. This striking vessel also features a Sky-deck Spa Pool with a Daylight Flat screen TV and a BBQ Grill, as well as beach picnic equipment. Furthermore, there is an extended swim platform on the main deck, with access to a wonderful selection of water toys.

Luxury Yacht COCKTAILS

Year:2004 (Refit 2011)  L.O.A.:157' [47.1m]  Beam:28' 
Max Speed:22 Knots  Cruise Speed:18.5 Knots  Engines:2 x 2,250 
Cabins: Charter Guest:10-11  Crew:10 

More charter yachts built by Trinity Yachts.

Sale of First Benetti Mediterranean 116’ Yacht

November 23, 2015

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2015 saw the leading Italian shipyard, Benetti, announce the sale of the first Mediterraneo 116’ yacht to a client from Americas. Due to be delivered in 2016, Benetti Mediterraneo 116’ motor yacht Hull N. 001 is a beautiful 35,5-metre vessel, boasting the recognizable Benetti family feel, while tracing a renewed styling language. Benetti Mediterraneo 116’ superyacht Hull N.002 is already in build.

Benetti Mediterraneo 116' Yacht

Benetti Mediterraneo 116′ Yacht

One of the many special features of Mediterraneo 116’ superyacht is her design of the superstructure that delivers a sensation of luminosity and the flow of the sections is fluid with no interruptions in the lines of the pure design. Decks are lengthened towards the stern, moving the visual center of gravity amidships giving the her lines a balanced, dynamic and compact aspect.

Mediterraneo 116' superyacht - Exterior

Mediterraneo 116′ superyacht – Exterior

Benetti Mediterraneo 116’ luxury yacht also boasts an impressive six-metre cockpit with intelligent use of ergonomic spaces. Further forward there are the owner’s apartments. The study has a very regular shape with panoramic windows, and the width of a beautiful full-beam owner’s cabin is emphasized by the frameless picture windows that start at 70cm from the deck, with full height glass on both sides. There are two bathrooms, his and hers.

Mediterraneo 116' Motor Yacht - Exterior

Mediterraneo 116′ Motor Yacht – Exterior

The upper deck of Benetti Mediterraneo 116 yacht hosts a generous open area on the foredeck. Standard layout foresees a swimming pool, but this spacious area is highly versatile and completely customizable. There is also a striking sun-deck, representing a completely open space, all available to walk upon. The roll-bar is an integral part of the furnishings and storage space is accessible to the guests.

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Scale model of NEW Ocean Alexander 70E Yacht by Brian Klassen Models

November 20, 2015

Canada-based company, Brian Klassen Models, has proudly unveiled a scale model of the new Ocean Alexander 70E yacht, providing a sneak peek at this eagerly awaited vessel, set to make its world premiere at the 2016 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show. Luxury yacht 70E represents the first model of the new Evolution Series of yachts by Ocean Alexander, beautifully penned by Evan K. Marshall.

Scale model of NEW Ocean Alexander 70E Yacht by Brian Klassen Models

Scale model of NEW Ocean Alexander 70E Yacht by Brian Klassen Models

Once completed, the first 70E yacht by Ocean Alexander will provide comfortable accommodation across 4 beautiful staterooms. She will boast such cool features as open layout for the main deck allowing unobstructed views from salon forward to the helm, amazing flybridge exterior living/entertainment space, as well as options to store a tender on the flybridge or on the swim-platform. First 70E will be run by Volvo IPS POD Drives.

OA 70E Yacht Scale Model - aft view

OA 70E Yacht Scale Model – aft view

Scale model of luxury yacht 70E by Ocean Alexander - Exterior

Scale model of luxury yacht 70E by Ocean Alexander – Exterior

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Elegant Bilgin Classic 160 series motor yacht CLARITY admired by distinguished guests of FLIBS 2015

November 20, 2015

The latest delivery of Bilgin Yachts, the elegant 49m motor yacht CLARITY was admired by distinguished guests of this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). Boasting the beautiful furniture hand crafted by the yard’s Furniture Team, superyacht CLARITY is a full custom vessel, representing the second unit of the highly successful retro Bilgin Classic 160 series. She is a sistership to the equally-beautiful 2012 super yacht TIMELESS (ex M&M).

Bilgin 160 Classic Yacht CLARITY underway

Bilgin 160 Classic Yacht CLARITY underway

During the event, one of guests stated: “Looks like she was born in a different era.” Luxury yacht CLARITY undoubtedly inspired a “never ending desire to explore” in visitors. CLARITY “means clearness of style” for a guest who thinks that she has really taken the right name. A visitor said that “Clarity was the best classic she has ever seen”, and another stated that “she must be a passion for her owner.

Superyacht CLARITY in Miami South Beach

Superyacht CLARITY in Miami South Beach

Classic yacht CLARITY by night

Classic yacht CLARITY by night

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Suntex Marinas to enhance megayacht repair & marina facilities at Ocean Marine

November 19, 2015

November 6, 2015 saw Suntex Marina Investors LLC acquire the Ocean Marine Yacht Center in Portsmouth, Virginia from Ocean Marine, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Valiant Holdings. The company will enhance megayacht repair and marina facilities at Ocean Marine, and will operate the newly named Ocean Yacht Marina.

Ocean Yacht Marina

Ocean Yacht Marina

Jim Bento of Valiant Holdings will continue to operate Ocean Marine Yacht Center via a leaseback of the megayacht repair facilities. The combined branding, marketing and operational proficiencies of both companies are expected to increase employment, with particular emphasis within yacht trades.

Ocean Marine Yacht Center

Ocean Marine Yacht Center

“Within the past month, Suntex Marinas has been proud to announce our intention and ability to provide the capital resources needed to support the marina industry,” commented Johnny Powers, Suntex Founder and CEO. “It is our vision to be the best steward of the marina experience globally with early emphasis on the U.S. market. By acquiring Ocean Marine and collaborating with Jim Bento, we are confident that we are enabling the best possible marina experience for boaters, employees and communities alike.”

A full-service marine yard at Ocean Marine is capable of handling yachts measuring up to 93m (305’) in length. There is also a state-of-the-art refit and paint facility with over 50,000sq. ft. of indoor, climate controlled bays, in addition to a 90-ton travel lift, two 20-ton forklifts and a 1,250-ton Syncrolift.

A very successful FLIBS 2015 for Admiral with Beautiful 37m Super Yacht NONO on display

November 19, 2015

It has been a very successful Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) for Admiral, part of The Italian Sea Group, with the beautiful 37m (120’) super yacht NONO on display. Luxury motor yacht NONO has won the prestigious 2015 World Superyacht Award as best “Semi-displacement or Planing Two-deck Motor Yacht of 30m to 37.99m”.

Admiral Impero 37 Superyacht NONO

Admiral Impero 37 Superyacht NONO

Attendance at the event was strong, marked by the presence of many serious buyers. Luxury yacht NONO attracted plenty of attention, thanks to her unique exterior styling, distinctive color schemes, as well as contemporary but elegant interior décor. Moreover, with her all-aluminium construction, semi-displacement hull form, shallow draft, as well as extensive long-range capability, plenty of prospective owners found the vessel well-outfitted for their Caribbean cruising requirements.

Vestal 42 Yacht

Vestal 42 Yacht

During the event, the company also introduced the all-new ‘Vestal’ series of luxury yachts, designed by Setzer Yacht Architects. Through the new series, Admiral will aim to remarkably increase its U.S. and Latin American presence. The series has been developed to address American taste preferences and technical requirements, while also offering an “Italian Touch”.

Luxury motor yacht VESTAL 50

Luxury motor yacht VESTAL 50

The Vestal series includes three models of 42m (137’), 50m (164’) and 62m (203’). The 42m model is a semi-displacement yacht to be built in aluminum, while the other two are full-displacement yachts with steel hull and aluminium superstructure. Imagery and specifications for all three models have now been unveiled, as well as a replica scale model of the Vestal 5000 that was officially released by Group CEO Giuseppe Taranto and the Vice Chairman and Sales Director Francesco Carbone during a press conference at FLIBS.

Mega yacht VESTAL 62

Mega yacht VESTAL 62

Ward Setzer, who also attended the conference, commented on the inspiration behind the series: “We wanted to make sure every line drawn served a clear, direct purpose. Each style line or chamfer takes on a life of its own and affects many people later on when it must be cut, welded, faired, and painted during construction, then scrubbed, polished, and shammed each week by crew members. Assigning lines prudently is part of our duty of care as designers.”

As a further sign of the Admiral commitment to the American Market, it was also announced that The Italian Sea Group will be opening a corporate office in Fort Lauderdale in January 2016. Francesco Carbone, Vice Chairman & Sales Director of the Group, commented: “The American market is getting more and more important for our Group. The business model is changing and clients, brokers and captains are all looking for more service. Time is of the essence and the best way to ensure lasting results is with a direct, organized approach. Having an office in US is crucial.”

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Newport Charter Yacht Show 2016 to be managed and hosted by Newport Shipyard

November 19, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 saw the Newport Shipyard General Manager Eli Dana announce that Newport Shipyard has acquired the Newport Charter Yacht Show from Newport Exhibition Group. The popular superyacht charter show thus moves from Newport Yachting Center to Newport Shipyard, and will run from June 21 to 24, 2016.

Newport Charter Yacht Show will take place June 21-24, 2016 at Newport Shipyard. Photo ©Billy Black

Newport Charter Yacht Show will take place June 21-24, 2016 at Newport Shipyard. Photo ©Billy Black

“We are very pleased to announce that the 2016 Newport Charter Show will be managed and hosted by our team at Newport Shipyard. We will work closely with the Newport Exhibition Group for a smooth transition and look forward to executing a well-run event for many years to come,” Dana said.

Newport Charter Yacht Show has been managed by Newport Exhibition Group for four years. The prestigious event annually hosts luxury charter yachts as well as an amazing display of related goods and services for the charter industry, demonstrating how strong the superyacht charter industry in New England is.

Newport Shipyard full with sailing and motor yachts in October 2015 - Image credit to Newport Shipyard

Newport Shipyard full with sailing and motor yachts in October 2015 – Image credit to Newport Shipyard

“We felt Newport Shipyard was the natural fit for the long term growth of the show,” commented Nancy Piffard, Show Director of Newport Exhibition Group. “The amount of dock space, services, and amenities that Newport Shipyard offers lends itself to the larger yacht industry. Transfer of the Charter Show will also provide us the opportunity to focus on the Newport International Boat Show, which takes place annually in September. We are confident that the Newport Charter Show will thrive in its new home.” 

Boasting the biggest lifts, cleanest facilities, and the most dock space in town, as well as a full-service yard, ship store, restaurant and fitness center all right on the harbor front, Newport Shipyard has become New England’s Yachting Hub, attracting the best boats and yachts on the East Coast.

“We have been a proud supporter and sponsor of the Newport Charter Show for the last four years and we are excited to take ownership of an event that Nancy and her team at Newport Exhibition Group have grown and perfected since 2012. We plan to carry on many show features that the Newport Exhibition Group started including chef competitions and tablescape contests, which brings the attendees together in a casual and fun environment. We plan to have vendors on site throughout the show and we will work closely with sponsors, captains, crew, vendors and charter brokers to be sure this perennial show continues to thrive here in Newport,” Dana concluded.